One Day in Tirana

Tirana is a bit of a mystery to me. Even after five visits I still don't know what to make of it. There's no Old Town, the restaurants are all much the same and there aren't really any 'sights' to speak of. So … [Read more...]

Berat 10 Years On

Awoken by gunshots I wondered what I had gotten myself in for. I knew virtually nothing about Albania and the government travel advisory warned against visiting. My mind was on the civil unrest a few years … [Read more...]

Exploring Berat Castle

Once upon a time Berat was a city of churches. There were 20 or so churches in the castle area alone, although someone told me there was double that number at one point. That’s hard to believe considering how … [Read more...]

3 Day Trips from Saranda Plus 1 Crazy Side Trip

Admittedly, my article on day trips from Tirana is unlikely to inspire anyone to go. The mountains are gorgeous of course but there are better places to experience them than tourist town Kruja and Mount Dajti. … [Read more...]

Day Trip to Kruja

Albania’s noisy, chaotic capital get get a bit overwhelming at times and I can understand why many residents choose to get out of the city on the weekends. Tourists might want to follow their lead and head to … [Read more...]

Lunching with Drug Lords in Lazarat

On the tip of my toes, wavering on the rim of the toilet seat I struggled to find my balance. One slip and I'd have a disaster on my hands, in more ways than one. I reached as high as I could and quickly … [Read more...]

5 Glorious Beaches in Southern Albania

The Albanian Riviera. Pebble beaches, secluded beaches, island beaches and a few pristine sandy beaches. Southern Albania has spectacular scenery and beaches rivalling nearby Greece and Croatia for half the … [Read more...]

Autumn in Berat

It’s so nice to be experiencing warm and sunny weather in Europe in October. Paris is always cold and grey at this time of the year so I’m convinced I made the right decision to spend the end of autumn in … [Read more...]